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David E. Colmenero and Alex J. Pilawski

About this Webinar


Even the most diligent taxpayers can find themselves defending against a Texas Comptroller audit assessment or refund claim denial. The landscape for disputing those assessments and refund denials has changed recently due in part to recent developments in Texas tax law creating new avenues for doing so. This presentation provides an overview of the procedural avenues for challenging an assessment or refund denial by the Texas Comptroller considering recent developments, some pros and cons associated with each, and important related deadlines and elections that practitioners should be aware of.

Key Topics

Learn of avenues for challenging Texas Comptroller tax assessments and refund denials.

Learn of recent changes in law pertaining to these different avenues.

Learn of the pros and cons associated with each of these options.

Learn of important deadlines and elections that practitioners should be aware of to preserve a taxpayer’s options.


Course Level: Intermediate
Cost: Free

CPE and MCLE Credit Info:
Course Number: 174240929
CPE Credit: 1.20 Hrs.
MCLE Credit: 1.00 Hr.

CFP Credit Info:
CFP Course Number: (Approval pending)
CFP Credit: 1.00 Hr.

About the Speakers

David E. Colmenero, J.D., LL.M., CPA


Mr. Colmenero has experience in litigation and practices primarily in the State Tax Controversy and Litigation and State Tax Planning areas. He represents individuals, closely held businesses, and large corporations in all forums for Texas tax litigation, including the State Office of Administrative Hearings, District Court, the Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. He has also represented clients in IRS audits, appeals, and litigation in the United States Tax Court, Federal District Courts and the United States Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Colmenero was previously a tax auditor for the State of Texas and, as a lawyer, has successfully represented taxpayers in contested proceedings involving sales and use tax, franchise tax, motor fuels tax, motor vehicle tax, mixed beverage taxes, employment tax and others. Mr. Colmenero represents taxpayers through contested Texas tax proceedings including audits, Independent Audit Review Conferences, administrative proceedings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and in State court litigation. Mr. Colmenero has been extensively involved in challenging various aspects of Texas Comptroller franchise tax assessments and refund denials and in planning business structures and business transactions to mitigate exposure to the revised franchise tax.

Read his full bio here. You can contact Mr. Colmenero at 214-744-3700 or by email at

Alex J. Pilawski, J.D.


Mr. Pilawski practices in the areas of State Tax Controversy and Litigation, State Tax Planning, and Commercial Litigation.

Mr. Pilawski's State Tax Controversy and Litigation practice focuses on representing taxpayers in disputes with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts involving sales and use tax, mixed beverage tax, and franchise tax, among others. He has extensive experience working with taxpayers to successfully resolve disputes in contested proceedings through administrative hearings and in Texas state court. He also assists taxpayers in remedying noncompliance with Texas taxes, including guiding them through the Texas Comptroller’s Voluntary Disclosure program.

His State Tax Planning practice involves assisting taxpayers in structuring their business and transactions to minimize exposure to franchise tax.

Read his full bio here. You can contact Mr. Pilawski at 214-744-3700 or by email at